11 Firefighters recruited

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that 11 new firefighter recruits have begun academy training. Eight members of the diverse group are military veterans, with roots in the Army, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Army Reserves.

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“The current group of recruits is the most diverse in at least 30 years,” Fire Chief Kenneth Weaver said. “We are proud to have such a great group of residents interested in becoming Bayonne firefighters.”

“The City of Bayonne welcomes qualified firefighter candidates from all of the racial and ethnic groups in our community,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said. “We are proud to have so many who have served in America’s Armed Forces preparing to join the Bayonne Fire Department.”

The candidates were selected through a competitive exam administered by the state. The candidates who pass their academy training will fill vacancies created by recent firefighter retirements.

Vinny Bottino Night with the New Jersey Devils

Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Division of Recreation announced that the New Jersey Devils will honor the City of Bayonne, Vinny Bottino, and his family on Oct. 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark, where the Devils will take on the Arizone Coyotes at 7 p.m.

Transportation to and from the game will be provided. Buses will leave the lower level of 16th Street Park at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $30.

The deadline for ticket requests and payment is Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Payment can be made in the Division of Recreation office, in city hall, Room 13, 630 Ave. C.

Anyone interested should contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email

Get ready for the Bergen Point Festival

The Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone and the Bergen Point Merchants host the 2019 Bergen Point Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon until 6 p.m.

The festival will be dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Bayonne. There will be free live music, dancing, inflatable rides, a petting zoo, balloon sculpture, sand art, face painting, a dog costume contest, and local and specialty vendors.

The annual festival will take place from 5th Street to Cottage Street on Broadway, rain or shine.

Sign Language classes coming to Bayonne Library

The Bayonne Public Library announced that an Adult Sign Language class will take place in the basement classroom at the library beginning Oct. 17.  The class will be taught by Thyson Halley.

The 12-week program will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This program is geared for children 8 and up. Adults are welcome.  The cost is $40. To register, call Melissa Mathews at (917) 355-0344 or email

Library will host a stress workshop, ongoing support group

The Bayonne Public Library will host a workshop on coping with stress, presented by Youth Enrichment Center and Valerie Tours & Travel, LLC. The workshop will offer tips on coping with stress, health education, and a free exercise class.

There will be giveaways and book signings by Valerie Dupree, for her book “Overcoming Obstacles.” The guest speakers will include Joseph Johnson, founder of the Lena Harris Foundation, and Tiffany Taylor, CEO of Selfish for Youth Health, LLC.

The workshop will take place on Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the second floor gallery of the library. For more information, call Valerie Dupree at 201-292-7755, or email

The library will also host an ongoing support group called “Meeting Challenges and Enjoying Life,” which will run every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The group will provide a supportive environment where members can share their feelings, and learn about tools and strategies that can help lessen their anxiety, stress, and negative outlook.

For information on the group, email

Free Narcan Training

The Hudson Regional Health Commission will host two free Naloxone (Narcan) training sessions. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose.

The sessions will be held in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The first session will be on Oct. 24 at the Kearny Health Deptartment, 645 Kearny Ave., at 6 p.m. The second session will be at the Secaucus Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd., at 6:30 p.m.

Training will include overdose prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of overdose, how to administer Naloxone, rescue breathing, overdose prevention legal rights, information on support services, and free naloxone kits to the first 25 attendees.

For more information, contact Christina Butieb-Bianco at 201-223-1133 or

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